The winery was established in 1977, commercializing the Garćia Farráis family vineyards in the Orotava Valley on Tenerife, part of the Canary Islands. Some of the family’s oldest stocks of Listán negro and Listán blanco vines were planted in 1914, using a unique horizontal vine training system known as multiple braided cordon (cordón múltiple trenzado). Newer vineyards use the more common single- and double-Cordon (Royat) trellising systems.
Working with indigenous varieties, the modern winery respects family and regional traditions, as well the unique geography - high-altitude vineyards - and volcanic soil of Tenerife, to create wines of great character and individuality. The Enologist is Agustin G. Farráis.
About the Canary Islands: A region of Spain that is geographically and geologically part of Africa. In addition to having a sub-tropical climate, perhaps the Islands’ most unique feature is the volcanic soil, and the ways in which viticulture has adapted to both. Proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, mountains (some active and extinct volcanoes), and prevailing winds have created a wide variety of different microclimates, which translates into a diversity of wines. Approximately 80 varieties of grapes have been planted, with at least three varieties that are native to the Islands, and many vines are on original stock since the vines were never affected by phylloxera.